KATHMANDU, JULY 11

Nepal is set to receive 1.5 million doses of single-shot Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, on Monday.

The J&J vaccine provided by the United States government to Nepal under COVAX facility will be dispatched on Sunday and will arrive at its destination on Monday.

The said amount of vaccine is being dispatched to Nepal in line with US President Joe Biden's pledge to donate a batch of 80 million US-made vaccines globally to counter vaccine disparity.

US government is also sending 500,000 doses from the same batch of vaccines to Bhutan.

Rajan Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli took to social media to confirm the arrival of the consignment on Monday.

Nepal so far has received and conducted the inoculation drive with COVISHIELD, developed by Oxford AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Vero Cell developed by Sinopharma and Beijing Institute of Biological Products.

This will be the third of the Covid-19 vaccine to arrive in Nepal and the first of the single-shot kind.

The country that is hard-pressed to control the spread of the contagion under the second wave of coronavirus infection has the only option of vaccinating as many as its citizens if it were to put up any kind of fight against a possible third wave of the pandemic.